Gender Interactions in Sweden

Source: "The Social Guidebook to Sweden"

As a young man, I was told

That a man should always walk between a woman at the cars

That a man should always open doors for women

That a man should walk women home at night


The first time I was in Sweden

I quickly realized that things worked differently here



Swedish women told me

They could open doors themselves

That I should not change side of the sidewalk

And thought I was trying to get in bed when walking them home at night

Genders relate differently in Sweden

Perhaps for good reasons

Gender-based politeness gestures common in so many countries

Often empower men

Putting them in a position of control and authority


Genders are equal in Sweden

It makes gender interactions simpler

Practical and efficient

It helps to prevent conflict

Ensure equality

And everyone is happy


The way Swedish women react to foreign gallantry 

Varies with age

I am looking forward to interact with Swedish women

Off all ages


Source: "The Social Guidebook to Sweden"

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By Julien S. Bourrelle

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